Yes, this is permissible. Similar to high level playoff games where they have a “fourth official,” the official not on the field is allowed to give insight/recommend calls/etc.Had an odd situation the other day and was curious what the standard procedure is for this.
Started off the game with a three-man crew. About 10 minutes into game, center ref goes down with a leg cramp. Obviously, clock gets stopped, teams go to their benches and the trainer checks out the center ref.
Game restarts as a two-man system. The really odd part about it was that the crew had headsets from the beginning, and the center ends up sitting on the sideline for the remainder of the game, seemingly still communicating with the two other refs.
Has anyone seen that before? Should the center ref still been able to communicate with the other two during the game?
more commonly at the lower level, if you have a two man JV game and a three man varsity game and the varsity ref shows up before the game begins, you can consult them on things during the game. Final call still stands with the refs on the field, but they can be in communication.